Staff and students at Bishop Auckland College came out in force on the eve of pay negotiations between the AoC and the trade unions. UCU Branch Secretary Anne Bainbridge described the day as a great success as “the sun shone down on the Students and Staff and there was an excellent turnout from members”.
Members of both UCU and UNISON took part in the protest and it generated good feelings of acting together to fight for better pay. “Timeout” bars were used to show the importance of taking time out and away from your desks. The clear message from both UCU and UNISON members at Bishop Auckland College is that 2.5% is not enough!